What’s your perfect number?
You know, it’s the one on the scale that will make you feel sexier, more confident, and happier. The one you fantasize about when you first start out on your weight loss journey.
So what is it for you? 125? 140? 175?
Whatever your number is, that’s great! But after you do your weigh in at the start of your program, you need to watch out.
The scale can be devastating to your progress.
You wake up, have your morning coffee, and realize it’s time for that weekly weigh-in. Walking to the bathroom, you revisit all the hard work you’ve put in during the last week: you’ve been eating on-program, doing your evening walks, perhaps even some morning runs, or maybe it’s the workout DVD you’ve committed to each morning before the kids get out of bed.
Whatever it is, you’re pretty confident about the progress you have made.
You step on the scale one foot at a time, anxiously waiting for the scale to speak to you about all your hard work.
The needle stops bouncing, settling on the verdict. You feel like you were hit with a ton of bricks.
You whisper to yourself “1/2 a pound?… You’ve got to be kidding me.”
All that confidence and positive energy you had a moment before vanishes. Then suddenly, you hear the bag of chocolates you’ve been hiding from yourself for weeks calling your name.
“What the hell,” you think, it’s not like depriving yourself of chocolate made any difference, right?
Did you see what you just did? You let some number steal your confidence and motivation. And the funny thing is, numbers don’t really exist, like the words in this blog don’t exist, except in your head.
But the jeans you just pulled on are for real. The looser waistband is not your imagination. How your watch slides down your wrist now is palpable evidence. The sound ZZzzzzz’s you got last night are not a coincidence.
Ironically, the more we fixate on how little progress we are making on the scale, the less likely we are to acknowledge other sure signs of progress. And weirdly, the less likely the needle on the scale is to move.
You end up stuck.
Staying off the scale will help you lose more weight in the long run.
How does that work?
When you weigh yourself every day or week, every time you are disappointed with your progress, whether you are a few pounds up or it just isn’t moving fast enough, you lose sight of your goal.
Instead, you waste your focus and energy on every hash line of the scale. It’s like watching a clock in a windowless room. At best, progress is self-limiting and tedious– at the worst, it gets you nowhere.
When you weigh yourself at the beginning of your program, subtracting your perfect weight from your current weight, you set a goal.
Like we said, that’s good! Set your sights on that and GO FOR IT!
You need that bird’s eye view of your goal. It keeps you thinking big, recognizing real progress, and on-track.
Sure, at the end of your program, take your weight again. Maybe you won’t hit the perfect number in your first 28 days, but you will be much closer than when you started. Write that number down.
Then write down all the other non-scale victories you noticed over the last month.
Then do the math again, put your scale away and get after it!
Not sure what a non-scale victory looks like? Read up on 121 Ways to See Fat Loss Without A Scale!